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April 1989
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Jan Waclaw Machajski
A Radical Critic of the Russian Intelligentsia and Socialism
Shatz, Marshall
Jan Waclaw Machajski's (1866-1926) political doctrine, known as Makhaevism, was a synthesis of several revolutionary theories in Western and Eastern Europe: Marxism, anarchism, and syndicalism. His criticism of the intelligentsia and theory of a “new class” were influential to Communism and helped to create a hostility that culminated in Stalin's Great Purge of the 1930s.

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Marshall S. Shatz is professor of history, emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
“Shatz's well-written and thoroughly researched volume is highly valuable intellectual biography.”—Russian Review

“Marshall Shatz offers a penetrating and fair-minded portrait of this paradoxical gadfly of the left, who took to the extreme an undercurrent of anti-intellectualism among uneducated Russians that may not be extinct even today. It is a sentiment which advocates of human rights have to reckon with.”—Times Literary Supplement

“This clearly written book will serve as excellent reading material for courses in European and Russian history.”—Russian History

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Jan Waclaw Machajski's (1866-1926) political doctrine, known as Makhaevism, was a synthesis of several revolutionary theories in Western and Eastern Europe: Marxism, anarchism, and syndicalism. His criticism of the intelligentsia and theory of a “new class” were influential to Communism and helped to create a hostility that culminated in Stalin's Great Purge of the 1930s.
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